Friday, February 10, 2012

Keep Clouds Floating

Who do you do business with? When you need to park your information does it matter what parking lot you select? Do you select based on cost? Do you select based on functionality? Perhaps based on both? What matters most?

I do believe in the cloud. I don’t believe in parking information assets with the cheapest cloud or the one that has a questionable future life. If information is worth storing then it must be worth protecting and having access to in the future. If you have any question about whether or not the Cloud will be floating next week, and you don’t know if you will have access to your data, then you should care.

Imagine a company builds a “cyberlocker” business in the Cloud. Basically it’s a cloud storage provider with a cool moniker. Let’s call the business Megaupload for fun. And let’s say Megaupload decides to use other cloud storage providers to park your data—sort of like outsourcing the “storage in the cloud” to another “storage in the cloud provider.” But let’s say Megaupload is alleged to have done some IP thievery for which they are being pursued by the government for their alleged criminal wrong doing and as a result, the US government closes Megaupload’s cloud doors for business.

And because the doors were closed without warning, you don’t have access to your information. What if you never get it back?

Imagine no more because if you read the February 1, 2012 USA Today article entitled “Legit Megaupload users cut off from their files USA Today” you will realize the story is real and the Cloud risks you fear can come true. Kick the Cloud tires hard. Check the Cloud doors for tightness? Make sure the Cloud is mature and well financed and isn’t going away any time soon.

Information matters. Keep Clouds floating.

Are you kidding me